Things To Do In Detroit: Cranbrook Art Academy & Museum

on August 23, 2013

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If you are on the hunt for things to do in Detroit, a great option might be the Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum. The Museum features several worthwhile exhibits to see including:

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America
on view through October 13, 2013

Cranbrook

In Michigan, industry and design intertwined creating an epicenter of modern design. Michigan’s visionaries touched nearly every aspect of American life. Detroit’s automobile manufacturers didn’t just produce automobiles; they styled them to become synonymous with the American dream. The state’s furniture manufacturers didn’t just manufacture furniture; they revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki didn’t just design buildings; they defined an era.

What to Paint and Why: Modern Painters at Cranbrook, 1936 – 1974
on view through March, 2014

At Cranbrook Academy of Art, fundamental questions about painting emerged during the midcentury through the productive tension between the styles of its early painting instructors: Zoltan Sepeshy, a figurative painter, and Wallace Mitchell, an abstractionist. This exhibition mines the dynamic contrast between these two foundational figures in Cranbrook’s history, tracing the effects of their legacy through their own work and that of their students—several of whom went on to careers of national renown.

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